Monday, November 30, 2009

"Doctors Should Give Patients Advice on Climate Change" ???

What ever happened to doctors who would just, you know, help you medically? When did they start becoming environmental councilors? I can understand a doctor telling you to exercise more, but that should have everything to do with promoting a healthier lifestyle and nothing to do with the environment. Politics should not be injected into medicine. Consider this another reason to appose government run healthcare.

"The Climate and Health Council, a collaboration of worldwide health organisations including the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Society of Medicine, believes there is a direct link between climate change and better health.

Their controversial plan would see GPs and nurses give out advice to their patients on how to lower their carbon footprint.

The Council believes that climate change “threatens to radically undermine the health of all peoples”.

It believes health professionals are ideally placed to promote change because “we have ethical responsibility… well as the capacity to influence people and our political representatives to take the necessary action”.

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